Worriers vs Non-Worriers

I admit that I’m not much of a worrier, so I liked this article. So, the “11 Habits of People Who Never Worry”, as related to me…

  1. They focus on the present.  True, mostly.  The past is over and the future is out of my control (for the most part).
  2. They practice mindfulness.  :-/
  3. Their brains actually function differently in a worry-inducing event.  Since different situations would be considered ‘worrisome’ to different people, I’m not sure that this is something we can compare… and a life-threatening event I would not classify as ‘worrisome’.  I also think that if you are facing a troublesome person or situation about which nothing can be done (over which you have no control), then it’s a waste of time to dwell on it.
  4. They’re more willing to take chances.  I don’t think of myself as a risk taker, but throughout my life I’ve done some things that other people have later told me they considered ‘brave’ and daring.
  5. They have a sense of perspective.   No, I am not Elmo and do not, and would not, talk about myself in the third person.  /:-|
  6. They get to the root of their worry.   I do try to deal with the immediate issue and some up with possible, workable, realistic solutions.
  7. They don’t stop worrying — they just designate time for it.  Don’t think I’m this compartmentalized.
  8. They have confidence they can handle whatever comes at them.  If you stop trying to control people and situations, you may worry less.
  9. They have the ability to see positive outcomes in seemingly bleak situations.  Yes, I used to officially belong to an Optimist Club… is that like being an Aggie?  🙂
  10. They ask themselves the right questions.  Yes!
  11. They know how to perceive their negative emotions.  I wish!

It seems to me that a lot of people ‘over-think’ things. Overall, a good article.